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and women in uniform today as the pentagon threats pay cuts and deployments on hold, automatic cuts to the defense budget. and for america, he joins us now on the question of whether our troops are going to pay a price for washington's failure to make tough decisions. hi, pete. >> how are you doing, alisyn. >> alisyn: as you know, leon panetta is suggesting just 1% pay raise for our men and women in uniform that won't keep up with the cost of living there, what they'll have to pay going ahead next year. what do you think that would do for military families? >> well, it is a defacto pay cut and i think the military families are looking at the other side and also recently announced the civilian work force, they're unfreezing pay freezes that have happened for nonmerit paid government positions outside of the military so they're seeing salaries go up outside of the military and their salaries going down and you know what they say and i see, we see one gigantic political cop-out. that's what the sequestration debate has turned into. the president refuses to lead, no one will talk detail
that is the message at university opposing the pentagon funding of the proposed new research center on campus to train special operations forces in interview techniques. first, we speak to sharif abdel kouddous just back from bahrain, or the u.s.-backed monarchy continues to crack down on pro- democracy activists. all of that and more coming up. this is "democracy now!," democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. republican senator lindsey graham has revealed he says the death toll in u.s. drone war overseas. at a speech in south carolina wednesday night, he said -- his comments mark the first time a u.s. official has offered a figure for those killed in nearly a decade of u.s. drone strikes abroad. the 4700 figure matches the high end of an estimate by the bureau of investigative journalism, which extensively has covered the strikes. the news comes as the obama administration continues to stonewall members of congress on fully releasing the justice department memos explaining the legal rationale for targeted killings overseas. the white house agreed to a least partially disclose the
. joining me now is the cnn pentagon correspondent chris lawrence to talk about the tactics and the military. and how the military may have helped the police spy on this killer despite him hiding underground, also with us victor blackwell in midland city in alabama watching this unfold. victor, first, let me start with you. the standoff stretched for seven days and ended in just a mere matter of minutes. are we getting any more information from officials on why they decided to go in, how they decided to go in, and how they pulled this off? >> reporter: exactly. and this is a blend of both military science and social science. i will leave the military end up to chris. i'll tell you about the other element. we have reached out to the fbi contact, we have been speaking to this week, alabama state police, some sources who were close to the situation. we know this came down to the last 24 hours. and the fbi hostage rescue team, it's more than just the guys who go in to pull the child out. there are behavioral scientists, tactical technicians, the fbi swat, the negotiators, they are all here at th
cain wrote the pentagon, calling it one of the most egregious examples of mismanagement in recent memory. >> $1 billion has been basically totally wasted, with nothing to show for it. >> reporter: just flushed down the drain. >> flushed down the drain. >> reporter: you know, a lot of americans remember that infamous $600 toilet set. is this even worse than that? >> i don't mean to make a joke, but at least they got a toilet seat. out of this, they got nothing. we got nothing. >> reporter: so what went wrong? >> you had a company that wasn't up to the task of managing the project. you had a computer system that wasn't actually able to do the job. and you had an air force that was asleep at the switch. >> reporter: a top executive for the lead contractor, computer science's corporation or csc, told nbc news that it provided the air force with capabilities and assets to deliver the system of the future, and that taxpayers got their money's worth. an air force official sees it differently. >> i'm personally appalled at the limited capabilities that program has produced. >> reporter: senior a
into the pentagon as the new secretary of defense, he will be the first vietnam veteran to have that job. he still carries shrapnel with him from combat, where he earned two purple hearts. >>> now to the weather, as another big storm pounds the plains and the midwest. you can see it is a huge system, as it sweeps across the country now from west to east. it has dumped more than two feet of snow outside denver. it's caused blizzard conditions through kansas, missouri, oklahoma, and they're having a genuine, classic winter evening in chicago. that's where we find weather channel meteorologist eric fisher on michigan avenue tonight. eric, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. we're not seeing those up to hurricane-force gusts that we had across the plains that wreaked havoc yesterday, but we are seeing that same heavy, wet snow that's left over 100,000 people without electricity. in wichita this morning, they were digging out from the snowiest february on record. >> that's a lot of snow. it's not used to this. >> reporter: while aerials from oklahoma reveal the landscape of stranded cars as
. getting deals on pentagon contractors. >>> a day after burger king says twitter account was hacked, jeep says the same thing. cadillac is owned by chrysler. jeep is not the only corporation reporting cyber attacks. apple says some of its macintosh computers were attacked. >> the cash strapped postal service is trying its hand at side action. starting this fall, they will launch a clothing line. the apparel and accessories will be called rain, heat and snow. technology to create smart apparel also known as wearable electronics. jackets with i pod controls built into the sleeves. i like it. may i also say i went to the united states post office yesterday in the bethesda yesterday. met a wonderful gentleman, bernie. he's been trying to craft a perfect tony and tucker question. we love the united states post office. >>> still ahead in our next half hour, a dire warning from the white house. might it be a little too late however? >> and we're going to sit down with our team for a look at why a deal to stop the sequester probably won't happen. >> but first an american in saint peters seat? wha
the beast? everybody -- leon panetta said this will be devastating to the pentagon. >> what you're hearing mostly from democrats is that we cannot let this happen. the cuts are terrible. this will hurt not only the first responders that you mentioned but food inspectors, fbi agents and -- >> bill: air-traffic controllers. >> everything that americans depend on. but you're getting this growing course from republicans saying we do need to cut government spending. this isn't the ideal way to do it but this -- it gets the job done if that's what it takes and that's what it takes. >> bill: they're willing -- so in terms of the military, "new york times" reported some 240,000 members of the army, maybe national guard -- would get furloughs. there are ships that are not being deployed these days. there are all kinds of -- cuts to the pentagon, would be very severe. republicans who claim of being like pro military, pro defense. we support the armed forces. they're going to let this happen to the pentagon? >> i think a lot of the very defense hawks are saying no, we cannot let this happen to the pe
. administrators at the golden gate area say they have started planning for it. >> the pentagon has grounded it's entire fleet of f-35's after finding a cracked engine blade on one plane. officials say that the problem came to light during a routine inspection at edward's air force base. the announcement as some members of congress have been questioning the cost of the f- 35 program. it's the pentagon's most expensive weapons program at almost $400 billion. >>> right now supporters of drake's oyster bay company are holding a vigil to try to keep the company from shutting down. people have been gathering since 6:45 last night at the sacred heart church and say they will stay there until 6:45 tonight. they say they are praying for the 31 employees who could loose their job if the company is forced to shut down. after the department refused to renew the lease that company took it to court and lawyers have just submitted final arguments. >> two california highway patrol officers are talking about their close call with a mountain lion near sacramento. it started last weekend when the two were sent
at the pentagon on tuesday, after which he will come back here to minot, north dakota, and continue with his new job. meanwhile, the war in afghanistan continues. more than 60,000 american service members are right now in that country fighting that war. i'm jake tapper for cnn in minot, north dakota. >>> good evening. it's hard to imagine a bigger night because it's hard to foresee a bigger winter storm than the one forecasters say could dump more than two feet of snow in parts of the country. tens of millions could be affected. thousands of flights are already canceled. we'll tell you what you need to know to stay safe and where the storm is going to hit. >>> we begin with breaking news. authorities say he's got the means to inflict mass casualties and a mission calling for precisely that. take a look. this is the man that police all across southern california are trying to find. he may now be one step closer to locating. christopher jordan dorner is his name. ex-navy reservist, ex-lapd officer with a grudge against the force. if you see him, do not approach him. get some place safe and contact
to take effect. it will impact virtually every major agency in washington. the pentagon could see roughly half of the reductions and that has republicans upset. >> we're going to begin to unravel the finest military in the history of the world at a time when we need it most. >> reporter: mandatory cuts in domestic spending could also hit americans hard. there could be furloughs of food safety employees, leading to a shortage of meat poultry and eggs and pushing up food prices. 50,000 tsa workers could see their hours cut back that would mean longer security lines for air travelers, and more than 350,000 people who need mental health treatment could be denied. hundreds of thousands of government workers from teachers to federal law enforcement agents are likely to be furloughed. many republicans admit the sequester isn't ideal, but they insist cuts have to be made. >> let me be very clear and i say this to the president as i say it to you, these spending cuts are going to go through on march 1st. >> reporter: the white house warns the cuts would get phased in just a
be affected. that means 700,000 of the 800,000 who work for the pentagon. >> on our civilians it will be catastrophic. >> reporter: civilians like sue ann falkenburg a single mom 3,000 miles away in california. i would have to get a part-time job to support my family. >> reporter: falkenburg is worried about the pay cut or furlough. >> i can't exactly call my landlord and say, hey, i got a 20% cut in my salary can you reduce the rent for 20%? >> reporter: it's not just the pentagon. dozens of cuts including the fbi will have to make difficult choices. >> the fbi will have to be in a position to evaluate where the reductions will come from and that may impact the national security arena. >> reporter: the democrats' congressional campaign committee also goes on the offensive today. they will accuse republican of risking 700,000 jobs in order to protect special interest tax loopholes. >>> a total disaster that's what one walmart executive reportedly wrote about a plunge in sales. its it's announcing its report this morning. rebecca jarvis is here this
, if it goes into effect it's going to stay into effect. it will result in loss of jobs. the pentagon, i think last week, said that they were going to lay off 46,000 temporary workers and furlough civilian workers for a day a week for 22 weeks. this is not without effect on real people. the people who want the sequester to go into effect for a while, republicans who say, we'll deal with it, they want to hear complaints from constituents. they want pressure to be put on lawmakers to get their act together. i don't flow if that will work. because it hasn't worked so far. that's the hope. >> so far. eventually perhaps washington will get back to doing it the way it's supposed to be done. the president calling for a temporary fix. thank you r joining us. gloria borger, back in washington. as i turn things over to suzanne malveaux in atlanta. i love the language the president use, modest reforms, that means cuts in social programs, he's willing to do that in exchange for modest tax reforms, he means increases. language always interesting. tell us what's coming ahead. >> appearing reasonable and he'
for the pentagon and cia unless the white house stops what he calls stone walling. i'm john roberts. hour number two of america's news headquarters live from the nation's capital starts right now. let's go to steve centanni who has been following the story of senator graham. good afternoon. >> good afternoon, john. talk this morning that there was talk on the is sunday talk shows that two important are nominations can be held up until the white house answers more questions about benghazi. during the attack in benghazi senator lindsey graham wants to know whether the president reached out personally to libyan leaders. he said the nomination of chuck hagel and john brennan could be side tracked until senators get the answers they want. while stopping short of supporting a filibuster graham has serious concerns about whether the president did enough to stop that attack that killed four americans. >> i do believe if he had picked up the phone, called the libyan government, these folks could have is gotten out of the airport to the annex and the last two guys may very well be alive and if he did cal
say that means as many as 700,000 of the 800,000 civilians who work for the pentagon. >> this is not a beltway phenomenon. on our civilians it will be catastrophic. >> reporter: civilians like sue ann fallenberg a single mom and administrative assistant at a naval school 3,000 miles away from washington in monterey california. >> i would have to get a part-time job to support my family. >> reporter: she is worryied about the 20% pay cut if she's furloughed or put on involuntary pay one day a week. >> can you reduce the rent for 20%? i can't say that. >> reporter: and it's not just cuts to the pentagon dozens of agencies including the fbi will also have to make difficult choices. >> the fbi would be in the position of having to evaluate where those reductions can come from, and that may impact in the national security arena. >> reporter: the president will continue in coming days to highlight the hardships to individuals and to the public at large if the cuts take place. democrats congressional campaign committee also goes on the offensive today.
. >> the pentagon estimates 19,000 sexual sexual assaults happened last year. >>> virgin america says they plan to begin flying between san jose and los angeles may 1. they will have four flights a day. tickets for the flights go on sale tomorrow. >>> an audit said the faa isn't moving fast enough to improve safety on smaller airlines. the faa needs to move faster on safety standards, rest periods for pilots. the change is mandated after a crash outside of new york. the audit says the faa is taking longer than expected to publish new requirements for all airlines. >>> 9 years ago today the way people communicate change forever. facebook was launched exactly 9 years ago. facebook now has a billion members who spend 700 billion minutes a month on facebook. facebook is also available in 70 languages and the company has been valued at $50 billion. >>> sports fans bet $98.9 million on the super bowl. the nevada game and control board said they made $7.3 million on a wide range of super bowl bets, 2 dozen bets related to colin kaepernick who played college football in nevada. one that lost money was
about their capabilities and potentially u.s. vulnerabilities. let's bring in our pentagon correspondent barbara starr. she's investigating what is going on. what are you finding out, barbara? >> so far, wolf, u.s. officials aren't saying much about this. so the question is, is it iran showing the capabilities of one of the u.s.'s most secret spy airplanes? iran claims this is classified video from a u.s. spy drone. >> this aircraft has had many flights in countries around iran. in operations that have taken place in pakistan, this aircraft has provided guidance. >> u.s. officials are trying to figure out what exactly iran has in hand. in washington thursday, defense secretary leon panetta wasn't talking. >> did iran hack our drone, mr. secretary? >> most alarming will be if iran's claim is true that it dekripted a video from one of america's most secret aircraft. >> looking at the video, it certainly seems to be genuine but i think it's a give away that you can see that the video in places is masked by what looked like frames in a glass cover. >> since it captured in the drone in 2011,
to clint romesha on monday at the white house. he will be honored at the pentagon on tuesday, after which he will come back here to minot, north dakota and continue with his new job. meanwhile, the war in afghanistan continues, more than 60,000 american service members are right now in that country fighting that war. i'm jake tapper for cnn in minot, north dakota. >>> you are in the cnn newsroom, i'm brianna keilar in for don lemon. we have breaking news tonight, powerful devastating weather in the southern states. this is new video just in to cnn, it was reported by a storm chaser in hattiesburg, mississippi late this afternoon, when an enormous tornado touched the ground and started tearing up the town. we have extensive damage to show you tonight. there are some people hurt, and i will talk with the man who shot this amazing footage in just a few minutes. >>> first, this breaking news to tell you about, thousands of people are stranded after a cruise ship lost power in the gulf of mexico. an engine fire left the carnival triumph without electricity, but we hear it is now operating on e
registered as a magnitude 5.1 earthquake by seismologists. let's go to chris over at the pentagon. >> south korean officials estimate that this explosion could have been as high as 6 to 7 militons. the key thing is whether north korea managed to miniaturize the device, that is make it small enough that one day soon they would be able to marry a nuclear war head on top of a long range missile. >> reporter: on the eve of president obama's address to the american people, north korea sent a message of its own and mumsed its way into the state of union. >> they represent a serious threat to the united states of america. we have got to be prepared to deal with that. >> reporter: north korea detonated an explosion deep under ground. the u.s. military deployed a special plane to japan that collects radioactive particles. but the plume has to extend outside north korean air space before the plane can collect samples. >> we'll find out everything i have got to say tonight. >> reporter: sources say president obama adjusted his speech to mention north korea's nuclear ambitions, but after the u.n. calle
is going to the other side. that said when he is in the pentagon and controls the military in that capacity, they will have to deal with him and have the same interest in common. both parties want to keep the u.s. strong and safe and chuck hagel has been through worse. believe me, he has seen much more incoming than at that hearing. >> republican strategist, good to see you. thank you. >> good to see you. >> still ahead on the saturday afternoon, the latest on the scandal around the top u.s. senator. first, on this date, an announcement that led to the moment so many had been calling for. eventually to the end of apartheid. you are watching msnbc the place for politics. but don't worry, he'll find someone else. ♪ who's that lady? ♪ who's that lady? ♪ sexy lady, who's that lady? [ female announcer ] swiffer 360 dusters extender cleans high and low, with thick all around fibers that attract and lock up to two times more dust than a feather duster. swiffer gives cleaning a whole new meaning. and now swiffer dusters refills are available with the fresh scent of gain. i just served my moth
military activity is that nobody in the pentagon would have ordered military act ship without a specific order from the president. and the president wasn't around. rick: i want do ask you both, we have about a minute and a half left. another story came out of these hearings. that is the president himself, rick, himself opposed a plan that was supported by pretty much everybody else in his administration, to try to arm the rebels in syria. what do you make of that? >> you know i think it's remarkable that his team was really recommending that we needed to do something to support what was happening there and identify the opposition, the right opposition and then try to give them some sort of military support. and the president said no. i think this goes back to exactly who he is and what he believes the inate, positive, good of people. i think he doesn't understand, the president doesn't understand, this is a dangerous world and that we need to take sides to make sure that the right people are the ones who take hold in syria. it is the same thing that happened in egypt. really the same thi
panetta address festering is pharaoh's be to the pentagon this morning. >> the latest task combined with missile launches. experts predicting that north korea is trying to develop a nuclear warhead capable of reaching the united states. >> the detonation with about half the size of the nuclear blast in hiroshima during world war two. >> is as we registered as a 5.1 earthquake on the usgs seismic equipment. >> we're learning that president obama will announce that his state of the union address tonight that 34,000 troops will be home from afghanistan by next year. >> we also know the president will focus on boosting job creation, reducing gun violence and revamping immigration. >> he may also is a delays with north korea nuclear test we will see. after tonight's speech to president will hit the road to drum up support for his agenda. hitting three states in the next three days. >> al ceo tim cook will be among those in the capital aryan's as president obama delivers his state of the union address tonight. >> cooke is one the guest/first lady michelle obamas. >> the invitation is the
at the pentagon would -- march 1st at the pentagon would be devastating. the air force chief of staff is talking about big cuts in his branch. the vice chief of nato operations echoing the same, saying three aircraft carriers are tied up because of monetary concerns. we might hear more about north korea but also the underlying battle for the budget of the military as well. >> he says this is a big chance for the president to sell his balanced deficit reduction. the goal is to basically move public opinion forward so that moves congress. do you think the president will be able to accomplish that? >> reporter: that's the $64,000 question about this, isn't it? it's a great opportunity to get out there and take your message to the american people and go over the heads of congress and try to argue for what you believe in. on the other hand, we've seen at various times in modern history, whether it was ronald reagan or bill clinton or more, you can have a great soaring speech but it doesn't always translate into activity. i always remember ronald reagan dropping the big, thick bill that was passed at
stopper in all of this, wolf. >> thank you very much, barbara starr at pentagon. >>> up next here in "the situation room," a feud involving the actor alec baldwin and a new york post photographer. there's different versions about what happened. that's coming up next. the ones with the strong shoulder to lean on, the ones we're named after, and the ones named after us. it takes all kinds of good to make a family. at new york life, everything we do is to help you keep good going. music: "make someone happy" music: "make someone happy" ♪it's so important to make someone happy.♪ it's so important to make meone happy.♪ ♪make just one someone happy ♪and you will be happy too. then you're going to love this. right now they're only $14.95! wow-a grt deal just got a whole lot better. hurry. $14.95 won't last. >>> here's a look at this hour's hot shots. in new york, thousands line the streets to mark the year of the snake at the festival last sunday. >>> in bali, a beautiful sunset over the water. >>> in california, paragliders come in for a landing over the beach. send in your photos to
the pentagon which is why the sequester idea was terrible. it's a choice between higher tacks and lower military spending. i don't know who agreed to that. the president likes that choice. >> even if congress would get together and give him the authority to change the areas we cut, even though we stay at the same dollar line, you would be of the opinion he would want to cut the military? >> absolutely. i think we will have the sequestration. i think the objective should be as soon as we can get military spending back up where it should be and cut domestic spending more deeply. >> former ambassador to the united nations, john bolton. great to see you. have a great weekend. >> thank you. >> remember the mayor and fired himself when the town was broke? he says it's not his fault he's illiterate. and did george washington really chop down a cherry tree? we have three minutes to study up because we are taking a history test. brian is getting behind the podium. that makes me nervous. are you cheating? >> what is this about george washington and me staying behind the podium? >> bite out of an
right now. chris lawrence joins us from the pentagon with that. so, chris, what do you know right now about his military background? >> well, erin, he's an officer. navy lieutenant in the naval reserve, who was just honorably discharged, just a couple weeks ago. you know, in his manifesto, he wrote the u.s. navy didn't instill the values of honor, courage, and commitment in me, but i thank them for sort of reemphasizing it in me. basically, he served in what was called a riverine unit. it's a small water, they work close to shore, ports, things like that, doing security. in fact, he deployed overseas to do security on an oil platform. so sort of different than what we think of as traditional navy. and right now, ncis, the naval criminal investigative service, is sharing a lot of that information with the local authorities there in l.a.. >> and chris, i'm curious, because back to this manifesto, this 11,000-word manifesto that he wrote, he wrote about his markenmanship and he said, i have always been the top shot, highest score, expert in rifle qualifications in every unit i have been
the pentagon's decision to allow women in combat. that may be no surprise. the influence of women in the workplace has been rising so rapidly. some scholars believe they'll dominate many professions. tom foreman has more in this week's "american journey." >> iowa state university is home to the oldest public veterinary college in america. but stop by and in minutes you'll see the new face of the profession in students like jessica arnold. >> growing up, i had a big interest in cats and dogs and horses. >> reporter: and katrina baucus. >> i have a lot of passion for this field and for this career choice. >> reporter: women now outnumber men 3-1 in many vet schools across the country. and they outnumber them in clinics as well. katie wigman. >> i think our class is about 70% women and 30% men. >> reporter: it's a massive change for a profession that was once almost entirely male and that routinely refused to even consider women for the job. >> this is actually a heritage museum that goes through the history of veterinary medicine. >> reporter: associate dean clair andreson remembers
will recommend a cut in pay, a pay cut for active military. cnn pentagon correspondent barbara starr broke the story. tell us more. >> reporter: carol, this is the ultimate many believe in washington budget politics, cnn has learned indeed secretary panetta is recommending what you might think of as an effective pay cut. let me give you two numbers here. this year, 2013, the pay raise for the active duty military force has been 1.7%. that's tied to complex employment calculation, to 1.7% this year panetta now will recommend only 1% pay raise for next year, 2014. several officials have confirmed this to me. they say it is due to what they call budget uncertainty in washington. this is going to put the ball squarely in congress's court as they contemplate sequestration, the budget cuts, everything we have been talking about for weeks now. will congress vote to cut effectively cut military pay while so many troops are still in combat? carol. >> it boggles the mind. it's not like our military troops are making a whole lot of money. since congress can't get its act together -- it's unbelievable
the cuts because, in fact, i think we have to cut the pentagon. >> yeah. >> if we can. >> but not to take an ax to it. the way we are approaching it, that means readiness gets cut where you want to maintain -- you always want to maintain readiness. >> that's what the real problem is. the sequester was designed by the republicans really as an alternative and they designed it in a way it was going to be so bad that we would never do it. now since they can't come up with anything else, even though they are they have the majority, some of them are talking that the sequester makes sense. you have to be specific and purposeful when you are designing a budget. >> we are talking to congressman peter welch, democrat from vermont here on the friday morning edition of the "full-court press." has there been any panel discussion? i believe i read about immigration reform there, and what is the feeling that, you know, it looks like something is going to get through the clearance. any hope of getting anything comprehensive through the house. >> there h
: the pentagon facing sweeping budget cuts which lefers secretary leon panetta would be a threat to our security. >> i don't want to see taxes increased but i would like to see the president call the leaders over to the white house and say, look, we have got to solve this problem. outgoing secretary of defense, leon panetta, is one of the most widely respected persons in washington, d.c. he's saying this will devastate tour security. republicans and democrats are responsible for this new cliff. and i'll take responsibility for the republicans but we have got to stop it, we have to avoid it. bill: you are going to hold a hearing tomorrow on these cuts. what is your best solution? >> i believe the cuts are going to happen. the president is insistent on tax increases or cuts and i think he gets spending cuts, about half of them are in the military. the best solution is let the defense department target those cuts rather than take across the board cuts. i think they will happen. i'm not going to be for tax increases and i suspect there will be no taxes. bill: just to be clear, the sequestration will
furloughs today. the pentagon just announced a news conference at 10:00 a.m. pacific to lay out how these automatic spending cuts will affect our spending. there are about 170 federal civilian workers in california. most of them would be furloughed for up to 22 days. that's equivalent to a 20% pay cut over a six-month period. now, those furloughs would not kick in until april, even if sequestration takes effect next friday. businesses that work for the federal government would also cut back. >> that waiting and failing to spend now is what could lead to unemployment now and difficulties later. . >> reporter: we'll -- we'll take a look at what the long- term effects could be on -- on california -- next. >> thank you. >>> a group that supports same- sex marriage is launching a $is million -- is launching a $1 million campaign featuring clips of president obama, former first lady laura bush, colin powell and former vice president, dick cheney, all expressing support for same-sex marriage. the group says the goal of the tv ad is to show there is bipartisan support for same-sex marriage
, the pentagon has grounded the entire fleet of f-35 fighter jets. a crack was found in the engine of one of the planes during a routine inspection. $400 billion, the f-35 program is the most expensive weapons system in military history. >>> five, now with no deal in sight, we are six days away from forced spending cuts that will slash $85 billion in spending and the white house is putting pressure on republicans. >> the here is the thing. these cuts don't have to happen. congress can turn them off any time with just a little compromise. they can pass a balanced plan for deficit reduction. they can cut spending in a smart way and close wasteful tax loopholes for the well-off and well-connected. unfortunately, it appears that republicans in congress have decided that instead of compromise, instead of asking anything of the wealthiest americans, they would rather let these cuts fall squarely on the middle class. >> that's the argument from the president. here is is how the gop is firing back. >>> the fact is republicans in congress right now will provide the flexibility to make the necessar
before massive across-the--board cuts are due to hit the pentagon. the president is pushing lawmakers on capitol hill to reach a deal before those automatic budget cuts begin on friday. >>> as ktvu's kyla campbell reports from our washington, d.c. newsroom, the president says republicans need to compromise. kyla? >> reporter: president obama warns that if lawmakers do not come up with a plan before friday, the country will have to dial with 8 $85 billion in cuts. house republicans passed legislation twice in recent months to make what they call common sense cuts. senate democrats ignored that and came up with a plan that includes raising taxes but republicans re-- refused to do that. they let taxes go up in january. mitch mcconnell just spoke on the senate floor, he said the president are telling americans there are only two options, a tax hike or armageddon. >> the president is a master of creating the impression of chaos as an excuse for government action. >> almost 60% of republicans across the country approach this balanced approach. the only republicans in america that don't appr
was the police chief in arlington, virginia. that is where the pentagon was. what i learned that day is if this country >> now i wondered in the last decade how many people have to get murdered in a mass murder for it to be enough? i've been wrong time after time after time. i'm a grand pap i have little kids at home. are 20 babies be enough. that's what we're asking for? when was that gun bought? [applause] >> i'm a law enforcement guy too. i had your job in connecticut some years ago. i want to say, nobody in law enforcement ever thinks we're doing enough. nobody ever says we can go home and stop trying to to do better. so as much as we may agree with you that the united states department of justice and local and state police forces are trying to enforce these laws as agress ily as possible. i think you need more resources and you need criminal background checks. so you can know how to keep these weapons, all weapons out of the hands who shouldn't have them, criminals, domestic abusers, the severe mentally ill. would you agree that the criminal background check expansion into priva
to interstate 95 where there is a crash. here is the 395 camera from the pentagon. would look into silver springs. crews are still trying to clear this crash. let us get to jacqui jeras. >> 34 degrees. our wind chill is only 28. a bit of a cold start. clouds will be around today. our temperatures will be warmer. get into the war -- we may get into t 40's. a chance of some flurries or showers, especially the district, late tonight. the week.e rest of looks like a great forecast. ♪ >>> for her next act, beyonce as marie antoinette. following the super bowl performance. >> all right. >>> and from a beautiful woman to a beautiful man. but apparently josh isn't so sure what sets this guy apart from the rest. >> i can't figure it out, either. >> i thought you were going to pay josh a compliment. >> no, no. not a chance for that. >> should we play this a few more times until you notice what it is. >> i think we should study this. closely. >> it's his kind soul. >> it's his eyes. >> we sent our correspondent into the field of getting up close and personal with him. wait until you see how his mo
who try to get into the pentagon and fbi, credit cards and all kinds of things. so it is a dark side. >> and anonymous swears they're doing this for the public good. that's questionable. if you ask me. >> a good debate to have. >> that's true. >>> in other news this morning, new york city may soon join other communities nationwide in an environmental crackdown. cups and containers made out of styrofoam may soon be illegal in new york because it can't be recycled. to cut sanitation costs, new york may join a growing list of cities to ban the stuff -- ban styrofoam altogether. some restaurant owners oppose it bauds styrofoam containers, you guessed it, are pretty cheap. >>> the postmaster's plan to cut most saturday deliveries beginning in august could be challenged in august. the postal service says the move could save $2 billion a year. one company that would benefit from dropping saturday mail deliveries is netflix. the company could be more profitable because subscribers may be able to have fewer dvds delivered for the same monthly price. >> that move doesn't upset me. one less day
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